The second pool of players for the latest week of Icons of Darts action introduce themselves to us on Tuesday for what should be another competitive day of darts where six men once again take to their home oches to continue our darting fix.
We saw an excellent group to start the week off with on Monday, and if the line up for Tuesday is anything to go by we are certainly not going to lack for competitiveness over the course of the day. This pool is very nicely put together to entertain us.
Each day from Monday to Saturday six players will battle it out for a daily title. There are two pools of players, one which plays on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the other which toe the oche on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Each day the six players will play each other once over the best of nine legs with two points for a win. The daily winner is the player with the most points. If players are level on points it is determined on leg difference and then the record between the two. The entire event can be watched on various bookmaker websites, dartshop.tv or the Modus YouTube channel.
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It was another group that went right down to the final match on Monday. Jarred Cole took on Keane Barry in that last match with both men knowing if they won the match they would have won the group. Fittingly it went to a deciding leg where Barry took out a superb 142 checkout to come out on top for the third group in succession. There was a lot to like about the play of both men on the day. Cole actually finished third because Martin Adams came second on leg difference with three wins. Boris Koltsov also picked up three wins while there were a pair of victories for Dave Parletti. Jose Justicia failed to register anything in the win column on his return to action.
It was an up and down day for us betting wise. We took on Dave Parletti twice and had success with the first of those bets when Jarred Cole brushed him aside. It looked like we were going to get both bets in when Keane Barry went 3-1 up on him but the BDO star came firing back with big scores and big finishes to win four legs on the trot for the biggest surprise on the day. That meant it was a small loss to begin the week with.
Tuesday Line Up
We see the second pool of players for the first time this week on Tuesday and they are headed by the Icons regular David Evans. Not only has he been a regular in the event, he has been a regular winner of groups too and he’ll be out to come out on top of a very competitive pool here. Bookmakers rate his biggest danger as Ritchie Edhouse, another player who has been no stranger to topping groups in recent times.
Two world champions line up in this pool once again as Scott Mitchell continues on the oche. He is another player who is a regular in these events and no stranger to winning groups. Mark Webster is the other former world champion who is on show. Andy Jenkins has won a group in each of the last two weeks and he’ll be looking to keep that run going this week while Mike Warburton also topped a table last week. He is the last member of the pack here.
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I think this will be a competitive three days that these players are on show. I think David Evans is the standout in terms of quality and is the man most likely to come out on top, but he’s nothing like a certainty in some pretty hot company. All six members in the group have won a group in the last three weeks, some more than one, so this is a group where you can back your player and know you’re likely to get a run for your money.
I’m going to do that later in the week but I’m going to keep my powder dry to begin with and watch and see if there is anyone who turns out to be just that bit better than the rest, or whether the order of play dictates who wins the group and things. I might regret not getting involved in the 13/2 on Andy Jenkins to come out on top but if that is the case then so be it. It is a watching brief for me on Tuesday.
I’ll go with one bet in the match betting department which comes relatively early in the day where Andy Jenkins takes on Mark Webster, a match I believe the Englishman can win and cover a 1.5 leg handicap in while doing so. It wasn’t so long ago that Jenkins looked like he had problems facing Webster but he seems to have addressed that recently, and has actually won their last two meetings, covering this handicap in the process.
Jenkins missed a lot of doubles in both of those matches and still came out on top which is encouraging. Actually Webster has missed a lot of doubles in recent times and I’m not convinced he is guaranteed to outscore Jenkins. I say that because Jenkins is on the early shift on Tuesday so this will be his third match of the day whereas Webster will be playing in his first game. That should mean Jenkins has found his range and his competitive juices will be flowing. If that is the case the handicap looks a bit big here.
WON – Back A.Jenkins (-1.5 legs) to beat M.Webster for a 3/10 stake at 2.14 with 888sport